Paul Cook Leaves Role as Wigan Athletic Manager

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WIGAN, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Wigan Athletic's Manager Paul Cook during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Fulham at DW Stadium on July 22, 2020 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Dave Howarth - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Paul Cook has left Wigan Athletic. Cook had been in charge at the DW Stadium for three years. In that time he led the club to promotion to the Championship where they finished 13th. However, a 12-point penalty for entering into administration meant the club were relegated to League One.

He also oversaw some memorable FA Cup victories, including a victory of Premier League giants Manchester City.

Manager Paul Cook Leaves Wigan

Farewell Message From Cook to Fans, Players and Staff

In an emotional statement, Cook thanked everyone who was and is connected with the club.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Wigan Athletic,” it read.

“I would like to thank David Sharpe, the Whelan family and Jonathan Jackson for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club three years ago.

“I have been immensely proud to have continued my long affiliation with Wigan Athletic over the past three years and I have worked hard to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop individuals and also create a team and a work ethic which the town can be proud of. I’ve enjoyed some amazing moments with you during that time that will live long in the memory.

“It is well publicised that the club is going through an incredibly challenging period and, of course, we are all hoping a positive outcome can be found so this football club can write its next chapter under new ownership.¬†That has to be the main priority for everyone involved and I know the administrators are working hard to ensure the club can get through these difficult times and find new owners.

“I want to thank every player for their efforts, hard work and commitment during my three years as manager. I would like to thank my assistant Leam Richardson and as a collective I thank all of my support staff and the staff behind the scenes who are so pivotal to the football club. We must also not forget the 75 people who unfortunately lost their jobs a few weeks ago and I hope for those people that the club can find a positive solution and move forwards in the near future.”

A Message to the Fans From Paul Cook

“To the supporters, who are the most important part of this club’s present and future, I would like to thank you all for your support over the last three years. More than ever, I have been overwhelmed by your support to myself, the players and the staff over the past few weeks. Whoever leads this club in the future will be welcomed by a fantastic group of supporters.”

A Successful Three Years

Paul Cook had a successful three years at Wigan. In his first season in charge, he led the Latics to the League One title. Their first season back in the Championship was also seen as a success as Cook kept them in the division. This season, Cook led the club to 13th; however, a points penalty due to entering administration meant the club dropped into the relegation places on the last day. Wigan are currently appealing the decision.

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